Kokeb and Menalu Gedamu are the founders and leaders of the ministry of Amud Ha Esh, which derives its name from the pillar of fire, which lead the Israelites through their wilderness journey. The name is a depiction of the long journey that led them both from Ethiopia to each other and then to Israel as agents of grace to the growing Ethiopian community in Israel.
The congregation of Pillar of Fire is in Jerusalem where Kokeb is the pastor. Their goal in process is to train and equip Jewish believing youth for leadership. The Ethiopian refugees have a difficult time assimilating into their new culture and often feel marginalized. As a result the jails are heavily populated by Ethiopian youth. POF goes into those jails with the Gospel as well as caring for the poverty left behind in the wake of a missing husband and wage earner.
They provide skills training to both men and women for the sake of earning a living and gaining a sense of dignity. The Biblical training, which accompanies the personal approach, is transforming troubled youth and broken families to become productive citizens.